Tuesday, September 09, 2008

In UK Dental Tourism Comes To You In Blowup Tent

LONDONThe Hungarian dentist will see you now. In his inflatable office (pictured above). Getting your jaw X-rayed by a foreign practitioner in a blowup tent may sound like a hard sell to British patients, but a group of Hungarian dentists is arguing otherwise. Their blowup dental clinic is touring the U.K. to showcase their hygiene, professionalism and affordability to the British.

It's all in the hope of attracting a bigger share of Britain's "dental tourists"-- patients looking to Eastern Europe for cut-price crowns, bargain bridges and inexpensive tooth implants.

Basic dental care in Britain is free to those under 16 or over 60, the unemployed, students, military veterans and some low-income families. For others, government dentists offer lower prices than private practitioners.

However, the government does not cover cosmetic dentistry, and a recent reorganization of the way dentists work has prompted many to leave the public sector. Katherine Murphy, a spokeswoman for The Patients Association, an advocacy group, said it was proving increasingly difficult for Britons to get anything beyond basic dental care from Britain's National Health Service.

MP: Where's Michael Moore?

HT: Ben Cunningham


At 9/09/2008 11:03 AM, Blogger Marko said...



At 9/09/2008 1:17 PM, Blogger Webutante said...

Open and free markets rule!

At 9/09/2008 3:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is remarkable is that the British government permits this activity.

In Ontario, several U.S. screening clinics were closed by the Premier McGinty when they offered tests for a nominal fee that were not readily available through the public monopoly. These tests included the ankle-brackial index which is used to detect risk for stroke.

Chances are that markets will not be tolerated for long.

At 2/07/2009 6:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for the post.I sincerely hope they make their way to dental offices. I will visit the website.

At 1/09/2010 7:38 AM, Anonymous kids dentist said...

This sounds like an interesting way to cut costs on dental care.


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